Shifting into the giving gear

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Charity-minded bikers hold fundraiser

On Sunday, any motorcyclist hankering for a ride can help out some kids with a twist of the wrist.

Shifting into the giving gear

On Sunday, any motorcyclist hankering for a ride can help out some kids with a twist of the wrist.

Kevin Cockle and his modest group of bikers are hosting a poker run, with proceeds to go to the women's shelter.

"We helped raise money for Children's Haven last year," he noted.

The Women's Shelter, he said, is often overlooked as a charity, but serves a niche.

Hence, entrants in Sunday's event are encouraged to donate not only money, but clothes for children as well.

"They have always desperately needed clothing for kids aged four to 14," he said.

"Ninety-eight per cent of the time, they never fill that need."

The eight-member "Saints and Sinners" bike group formed in the wake of Cockle's experiences as a parent.

He and his wife struggled following the premature birth of twin children a few years ago.

The children, born 10 weeks premature, required round-the-clock care in a neonatal intensive care unit in Saskatoon.

"A couple of organizations came to us, including Ronald McDonald house and Telemiracle," Cockle reflected. "I wanted a way to give back. I didn't just want to give the money back - there's not enough words."

The gratitude for a helping hand at a time "we were so overwhelmed" needed a greater gesture, he added.

Cockle eventually focused on the idea of paying that kindness forward by assisting a local children's charity, an idea that eventually spread to Cockle's friends - many of whom were, like he, motorcycle enthusiasts.

The commonalities melded, resulting in the formation of the club.

"The Bible says we can all be saints, and all be sinners," he said, reflecting on the club's name. "A lot of people like it, as it's not a negative outlook on t he motorcycle lifestyle."

The event is set for Sunday at Little Red River Park, with registration taking place at 10 a.m., and departure set for noon.

For more information, phone Cockle at 980-0542.

Organizations: Ronald McDonald house, The Bible

Geographic location: Saskatoon, Little Red River Park

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